Hugely talented and successful player and manager
Nicknamed ‘Peter the Great’, Peter Doherty was a swift, immensely skilled forward, who also went on to become a legendary manager of the Northern Ireland international team. Born in Magherafelt, Co Derry on June 5, 1913, he initially made his name as a footballer with the east Belfast club Glentoran between 1930 and 1933.
In 1933 Doherty transferred to Blackpool in England, beginning a full time playing career which was to last for 20 years. In all Doherty played 638 games for a variety of English clubs, scoring an incredible 372 goals. Both totals would have been even higher had the second world war not suspended normal football competition.
Doherty had especially notable spells at Manchester City, where he won a League Championship medal in 1937, and Derby County, with whom he won the FA Cup in 1946. The war meant that Doherty only won 16 caps for Northern Ireland, but he was manager of the national side between 1951 and 1962, leading them to the quarter finals of the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. Revered by his contemporaries, Doherty died at his home in England in 1990.